Every year, local businesses, non-profit organizations and individual citizens decorate themed Christmas trees, wreaths and quilts and donate them to the Jasper Yellowhead Museum for its annual Festival of Trees fundraiser. People then bid on the trees in a classic silent auction, and the winner takes home the tree along with all its decorations, which can include themed goodies of all sorts, from gift certificates to books to toothpaste.
Displayed in the museum’s 750 square foot Showcase Gallery, which the rest of the year features travelling historical exhibits and the work of local artisans and photographers (although based on the beautiful, intricately decorated donations, the Festival of Trees could easily fall into the latter category!), the fundraising initiative has become a community favourite, and helps support Jasper’s historical archive.
With over 40 decorated trees available for bidding this year, people got pretty creative. There’s even a “tree” made up of old skis propped up on a coat rack and draped in winter wear.
Unlike past years, the 2017 iteration of the festival lets people vote on their favourite tree or item. All votes will then be entered into a draw for a chance to win dinner for two ($75 value) at any of Jasper’s Mountain Park Lodges Restaurants, courtesy of Dana Hospitality and Mountain Park Lodges.
And if someone is interested in donating but unable to dedicate the time to decorate a tree, he or she has the option of donating gift certificates attached to pre-decorated wreaths.
A free wine and cheese event will be held at the museum on December 14th from 7p.m. to 9p.m. Bidding closes at 3 p.m. on December 16th.